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Alan Greenspam
 
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Default Removing plastic melted to heating coil - Dishwasher

A small piece of plastic fell through the cracks in the dishwasher
shelf and melted on the heating coil at the bottom of the tub.

I broke off the large piece and am considering using a butane torch to
heat up the coil enough to melt the rest off and have it drip onto some
aluminum foil below.

Any reason why I shouldn't do this?

Any better method to remove the melted plastic?

Didn't want to risk running another cycle and having the plastic melt
and harden somewhere in the pump.
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A small piece of plastic fell through the cracks in the dishwasher shelf and
melted on the heating coil at the bottom of the tub.

I broke off the large piece and am considering using a butane torch to heat up
the coil enough to melt the rest off and have it drip onto some aluminum foil
below.

Any reason why I shouldn't do this?

Any better method to remove the melted plastic?

Didn't want to risk running another cycle and having the plastic melt and
harden somewhere in the pump.


This is Turtle.

Alan , If you use the tourch , it will burn it off and not melt it off so plan
on a fire as it starts to melt off.

I would try turning the cycles to a dry cycle at that point and then put foil
under it and let it melt off. Of run it till it hit the dry cycle and then put
the foil under it to melt off.

TURTLE


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Alan Greenspam wrote:
A small piece of plastic fell through the cracks in the dishwasher
shelf and melted on the heating coil at the bottom of the tub.

I broke off the large piece and am considering using a butane torch to
heat up the coil enough to melt the rest off and have it drip onto
some aluminum foil below.

Any reason why I shouldn't do this?

Any better method to remove the melted plastic?


You might try packing some ice around the coil for a while...it may
shrink enough to 'pop' the plastic. If that doesn't work, maybe try ice
around the plastic to make it more brittle and therefore more easily
chipped off.

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tried the ice - it didn't pop up

gonna run a light cycle and then interrupt during the heated dry to put
in the alu foil. hope it picks up the cycle again...
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Alan Greenspam wrote:

A small piece of plastic fell through the cracks in the dishwasher
shelf and melted on the heating coil at the bottom of the tub.

I broke off the large piece and am considering using a butane torch to
heat up the coil enough to melt the rest off and have it drip onto some
aluminum foil below.

Any reason why I shouldn't do this?

Any better method to remove the melted plastic?

Didn't want to risk running another cycle and having the plastic melt
and harden somewhere in the pump.



Does it have a "plate warmer" stetting?

If it does, you might use that setting to soften the plastic (with the
foil under as you mentioned, then scrape off the rest with a dull knife
whille its still soft.

Jeff

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packed ice wouldn't crack it off - heat from the drying cycle wouldn't
melt it off. guess i can either try to scrape it off or torch it off.

still open to better advice

dadiOH wrote:
Alan Greenspam wrote:

A small piece of plastic fell through the cracks in the dishwasher
shelf and melted on the heating coil at the bottom of the tub.

I broke off the large piece and am considering using a butane torch to
heat up the coil enough to melt the rest off and have it drip onto
some aluminum foil below.

Any reason why I shouldn't do this?

Any better method to remove the melted plastic?



You might try packing some ice around the coil for a while...it may
shrink enough to 'pop' the plastic. If that doesn't work, maybe try ice
around the plastic to make it more brittle and therefore more easily
chipped off.

--
dadiOH
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"Alan Greenspam" wrote in message
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packed ice wouldn't crack it off - heat from the drying cycle wouldn't
melt it off. guess i can either try to scrape it off or torch it off.

still open to better advice


Leave it alone. Plastics are inert so let it be and it may wear away in
time.


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